Sunday, November 27, 2016

What is to live in Japanese neighborhood association?

What is to live in Japanese neighborhood association? Orchestra musicians make a rehearsal in your bedroom.

Had such a lucky chance to hear them playing and make sketches!

This is the rehearsal of the concert for cultural Festival in Iwase.

They improvised Katusha and Tchaikovsky for me, when get to know that I'm Russian (^^)

Couldn't finish cello at the time!

Musicians, who played in Iwase neighborhood association, where I live, is from Chiba New Town Philharmonic Orchestra. Grateful to them.


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sketch meet up at Nishiogikubo, and Ikebukuro

Jeff from Netherland whom I've met in Manchester this summer was visiting Japan, so we had short sketch session with Eriko, Atsuko, Miyu in Nishiogikubo. This place is non of tourist site, just a ordinary Tokyo town, yet we found charm there through sketchers point of view.

Next day, we had sketch meeting in Ikebukuro. Kwin from Thailand, whom I've met in Singapore last year, Atsuko, and I drew one of the most busy scene of Tokyo street.

It was always joy to discover something new by seeing fellow sketchers way of drawing and tools.
That's why small group sketch session is good to communicate, and to learn.

Sunday, November 13, 2016


Johanna from Germany whom I've met last summer in Manchester was visiting Japan. We met again in Tokyo. Including fellow sketcher Eriko, we visited Yoyogikoen station area, sketched non-picturesque but somewhat interesting view. Then after lunch before it got dark we sketched near by shrine called Yoyogi-Hachimangu. So lovely to see each and everyone's approach. This was beautiful and tranquil place.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Red Bricks building of Ichikawa

Sketch from recent workshop in support of preserving red brick building in Ichikawa town with high schoolers.

I was facilitator of a group of 4 high school girls. Three of them drew sketches too. After that we brain storm how to help preservation of Red Bricks Building of Ichikawa and spread information about it.

There was a Ginkgo tree and it smelled strongly of it's seeds. This is the link to Tokyo University, though I, laughing.

So, the suggestion of schoolers was to make a complex lesson of history, art and nature, using this location.

Girls described their feelings during the drawing at the presentation. One of them said, that she realized this building has a soft character.

We also met the other sketcher there.

WWSC 53 on 22 October in Matsudo

World Wide Sketch Crawl 53 for me was half-day, but even the short time I got powerful support of drawing together with many people around the world. It feels different!
I drew room view with TV at home:
 A nearby street with the Kannon statue. 松戸の雰囲気 
And a way from Matsudo station. I thought the building facade remind mount Fuji. I want to see it :)
So I wrote: むかし昔から富士山に行ってみたいけど、また松戸にいるんです。

Thursday, October 27, 2016

10月27日 谷中スケッチ



Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tokyo University and red bricks

Went to see the University of Tokyo a while ago, drew a sketch.
I like the buildings, made of red bricks! Some of them remain in Yokohama too.
There are some of them in my hometown of Nizhniy Novgorod, and I was always attracted to see these buildings.  Some of them was made for soldiers, some for making alcohol. They have a fabulous time charm on them, I feel.
By the way, there is also a  red brick building in Chiba Prefecture, in Ichikawa town, on the bank of Edo river. This Saturday you can see it.